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Shortcuts Live: Monday morning variety stream

I’m streaming today on YouTube — tune in now:

Hey folks!

I’m working in Shortcuts today — I’m doing a mix of building shortcuts, optimizing my workflows, and answering questions from the chat.

Drop in, say hi, and I’ll see ya in the next stream too.

View the stream live or catch the replay on YouTube.

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New diary entry on Letterboxd: All Quiet on the Western Front

Logged All Quiet on the Western Front, 2022 – ★★★★ on Letterboxd:


Image source: TMDB

I caught myself thinking “all these deaths were senseless” right at the end like the director/author‘s exact thesis was jammed straight into my head.
Definitely sets the new standard for war movies; feels like it could both be the first and last to tell this type of story this well.

View the review or follow me on Letterboxd.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #51

From Issue 51 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 51 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. and that means downtime, Black Friday sales, and and the beginning of the extended holiday season.

In the current beta cycle, we’re at iOS 16.2 beta 3, which means a new “Get Battery Status” action is available for testers.

On the Shortcuts Catalog, I spent over 15 hours streaming around my shortcuts upload process, scraping information from .shortcut files, and working on the YouTube streaming process.

I’m basically solving my own problems live on-camera and stacking my progress to gain better momentum while developing in Shortcuts. Plus, I’m honing my streaming skills for future sessions — which will be a lot more approachable than these very complex discussions.

Otherwise, this week we have another great set of app updates, clever Shortcuts ideas, and more feedback from the community:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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Livestreams

Shortcuts Live: Variety stream

I’m streaming today on YouTube — tune in now:

Hey folks!

I’m working on Shortcuts today — I’m doing a mix of building shortcuts, optimizing my workflows, and answering questions from the chat.

Drop in, say hi, and I’ll see ya in the next stream too.

View the stream live or catch the replay on YouTube.

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Siri Shortcuts

New for members: all my Apple Watch faces

Hello folks!

I’m excited to launch a new set of downloads for the membership program: my Apple Watch faces!

I’ve been using the Apple Watch since the first model and, after seven years, have developed very specific methods of using my watch.

Combined with automatic switching with Focus Modes in iOS 16, I’ve designed a set of Watch faces for my various custom modes that get activated automatically and show contextual apps when I need them (and hide them when I don’t).

I’ve written up descriptions for each watch face that explains how I use everything, so check out the full page for all the details.

Each watch face has been shared as a file and uploaded to my website, so when you click on the links on the new page, the files will download directly and open in the Watch app so you can install the face on your device.

Plus, I’ve created two .ZIP bundles so anyone can download the faces in batches and get them all quickly.

I’ll be updating my Watch faces on occasion and will post new files accordingly, be sure to bookmark the page and check back every few months!

Plus, as always, I’ll mention updates in my Shortcuts newsletter and here on the blog (which you can follow easily via RSS).

Enjoy, and have fun setting up your own versions – let me know on Twitter if you build off my setup!

Check out all my Apple Watch faces.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #50

From Issue 50 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 50 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” – I can’t believe I’m already back up to this many issues after switching to Revue (and soon to another service), so thank you for reading along. 🙏

This week, we got Apple Frames 3.0 from team MacStories, there’s an intriguing set of apps who’ve upgraded their Shortcuts support, I found some helpful shortcuts for ADHD & autistic folks, and we’re seeing more & more good ideas around Color Filters.

Plus, I’ve started to release my Apple Watch updates — enjoy:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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Newsletter Offsite

What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #49

From Issue 49 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 49 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — it’s been quite a week in the wake of new leadership at Twitter, but thankfully the Shortcuts community kept up their efforts in sharing good ideas.

Before we get to that all though, I saw in the news that Twitter will be shutting down Revue (the service I use to send these newsletters) by the end of the year.

Right now, I’m not sure what tool I’ll use to replace it — but I will import my subscriber list over so there shouldn’t be a change there, and I will let you all know of any news before I switch over.

However, I will have to rethink how I deliver the material, as Revue uniquely allows me to embed links and tweets easily/natively into the email — something other services don’t provide, especially for free. As such, this change means I may have to reconsider what I can feasibly offer.

I don’t have anything to share now, but I wanted to be transparent ahead of the change — plus, if you have any thoughts on what I should do, feel free to respond to this email and let me know:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #47

From Issue 47 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 47 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — this week has Apple announcement energy in the air, but no news as of yet.

iOS 16.1 is just over the horizon and with it iPadOS & macOS — I’ve written that line too many times, but it’s creeping up now.

Aside from some continued sync issues that I ended up ranting about, the community puttered along quietly in anticipation of what’s hopefully a more-stable period for Shortcuts ahead.

Until then, here’s what’s new in Shortcuts since the last issue:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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iOS Today 623: Supercharge Shortcuts With These Apps

I had the pleasure of being a guest host on this week’s iOS Today:

Matthew Cassinelli joins Rosemary Orchard this week to supercharge iPhone/iPad shortcuts with some very useful apps that enhance functionality. Matthew also explains App Shortcuts and how they’re organized in iOS 16.

Thanks to Rosemary for having me on again — and Mikah for taking a week off so I could host in his place! 🙏

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #46

From Issue 46 of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 46 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — this week we saw some critical bug fixes in the iOS 16.1 betas, a lot of ideas from the Twitter community, and great resources popping up elsewhere online.

Especially with Shortcuts reaching a more stable footing than in the past few months, I got the sense that I was finally actually experiencing the full iOS 16 release in a regular week.

I’ve still only really used Stage Manager on iPad a handful of times, I finally gave in and set up “Open Folder” shortcuts for all of my folders—a strategy that 100% only makes sense for me alone—and truly tapping into App Shortcuts is taking time after bugs in the betas preventing all of them from showing up.

I’m excited for the iPad and Mac releases to drop in a few weeks and be able to really settle into this full release — it’s definitely making my daily work more productive.

Until then, here’s what’s new since last time:

Read the full issue on Revue.

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Livestreams Offsite

How To Automate Your Podcast (Shortcuts Live with special guest Stephen Robles)

Join me and special guest Stephen Robles of AppleInsider as we work on shortcuts for managing a podcast — we’ll be live Wednesday, October 5th at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.

Stephen runs the AppleInsider podcast, a top-charting technology podcast from the folks who cover everything Apple — and I’m sharing my podcasting workflows that I built over the course of hosting 150+ episodes across my past shows Supercomputer and Smart Tech Today (and being a guest on various other shows).

We’ll be talking about podcast production, how to use the Podcasts app actions in Shortcuts, and how to take advantage of Apple’s Podcast Marketing Tools.

Join us in the chat to ask questions, share your favorite podcasts, or just say hi!

Follow Stephen here:
Website
Podcast
Twitter

Get notified here when the stream goes live.

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Newsletter Offsite

What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #45

From the latest issue of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 45 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — fall is here, iOS 16 has been out for a few weeks now, and all of Apple’s new products have been in folks’ hands for a bit.

Now that we’re into October, we’re expecting iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and possibly another hardware announcement — potentially via press release only — and all Apple platforms will thankfully be back in sync.

Hopefully by then, Shortcuts will reach a bit more stable ground than in the latest betas, which has had ongoing bugs from the last few rounds — make sure to keep filing Feedback if you run into anything!

This week, I’m digging into the iPhone and the AirPods more, waiting on an Apple Watch Ultra, and settling into my new schedule now that this newsletter goes out Mondays.

Plus, in light of reduced columns at iMore, I’ve been massively reworking my member releases so I can publish much more often — thanks as always for your support.

Until next time, here’s what’s new this week:

Read the full newsletter on Revue.

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Apple should add a Lock Screen widget for Shortcuts

Yours truly for iMore:

In iOS 16, one of the hallmark features for iPhones is the new Lock Screen customization — users have been excitedly adding their own combinations of widgets to show up on their always-on displays. However, one of Apple’s own apps was curiously missing from the options: Shortcuts.

Across its platforms, Apple makes it easy to run shortcuts in tons of places — the Shortcuts widgets are extremely useful, you can run shortcuts from the Menu Bar on Mac, and the Apple Watch extends the functionality to your wrist.

But in this newest release, Apple didn’t add a Lock Screen widget for Shortcuts. And while this did open up the demand for third-party developers, it’s left an odd gap for everyday users who want to run shortcuts right from the first screen they see.

In this story, I’ll share a few reasons why Apple might not have added the Lock Screen widget, argue that Apple should one anyway, and share the best apps for adding shortcuts to your Lock Screen as it works in iOS 16 today:

Read the full article on iMore.

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What’s New in Shortcuts – Issue #44

From the latest issue of my Shortcuts newsletter:

Welcome to Issue 44 of “What’s New in Shortcuts” — this last week, we saw the Apple Watch Ultra & AirPods Pro 2 ship, and with those the extension of the hype cycle around the Apple event.

I’ve got my hands on the new AirPods—and used the excellent new volume controls while writing this newsletter multiple times—but I’ve not gotten the Apple Watch Ultra just yet…

However, I did get a chance to take the ferry over the Bay into San Francisco with a small group and test out the new iPhone camera for a photowalk on Sunday. As a follow-up, I’m also streaming this evening to edit up some of the shots we took. I will definitely be hosting another in-person event sometime in the future — we had a lot of fun!

Also, a bit of housekeeping: this newsletter will be going out Mondays now — that way, I can cover the entire Monday-Sunday week prior, plus do more fun experiments (and take proper breaks) over the weekend.

Here’s what’s new in the last week:

Read the full newsletter on Revue.

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iPad Pros: Shortcuts for iPadOS 16 (Parts 1 and 2)

Yours truly on iPad Pros episodes 149 and 151:

Matthew Cassinelli is back for our 5th annual catchup on what’s new with Shortcuts! In this first part we catchup on how he sees the iPad, all of the updates Apple rolled out after the initial releases for Shortcuts last year, and begin our discussion on what’s new with Shortcuts for iPadOS 16, iOS 16, MacOS Ventura, and watchOS 9.

If you want to listen to our past episodes; check out episodes 41, 42, 58, 90, 91, and 122.

A few weeks ago, I had my annual appearance on iPad Pros to talk through all the latest Shortcuts updates — as usual, we covered everything in detail.

Listen to the episodes on Apple Podcasts or see the show notes on iPadPros.net.